3 tips for sailing in the Aeolian Islands

The Aeolian Islands are world-famous for their steep cliffs, black and white beaches, and the most active volcano in the world. And what better way is there than to explore an island by sailboat? So here’re our 3 tips for sailing in the Aeolian islands.

Volcano, Aeolian Islands, Sicily

Plan ahead

If you would like to visit the most famous attraction of the eolian island – Stromboli, the volcano – make sure you plan ahead. You will need to have to stay overnight, as you are only able to visit the volcano at night. Unfortunately, the island is pretty round, meaning there are no real anchoring spots where you will find shelter from any wind. There is only one anchor point at the NW tip of the island in front of the town, where everybody will be anchoring. So make sure you choose a windless night to anchor there as you will be leaving your boat at anchor for the night while climbing the volcano.

Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Sicily
Sailboats in Stromboli, Aeolian Islands
View from Stromboli on Sailboats and Strombolicchio
View from top on Sailboats and Strombolicchio

Visit the smaller islands

Stromboli, Volcano, Lipari, those are probably the three most renominated islands of the Aeolian. But don’t be fooled, those islands are beautiful but also overrun by tourists, especially in the summer. But lucky you, you have a sailboat and can explore all the little islands which are as beautiful as the big ones just less touristy. We can especially recommend Panarea, Salina and Spinazzola. According to the wind, they might be even suitable to stay overnight, otherwise, they are definitely worth a day sail.

Salina, Aeolian Islands, Sicily
Salina in bad weather
Sailboat in Panarea, Aeolian Islands, Sicily
Panarea seen from ForTuna
Spinazzola, Aeolian Islands, Sicily
Spinazzola, Aeolian Islands, Sicily
Spinazzola seen from ForTuna

Save Water

Unbelievable but true, the Aeolian islands have no freshwater, so all the freshwater will have to be brought by tanker. As sailor, you are already aware of the high-value of freshwater and how cautiously we have to use it. Here on the Aeolian islands, it is even more critical. This also means keeping the boat as clean as possible before arriving because you will not be allowed to wash your sailboat while you are there with fresh water from the dock.

Sailboat in Lipari, Aeolian Islands, Sicily

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One response to “3 tips for sailing in the Aeolian Islands”

  1. […] Lipari, the main islands of the Aeolian Islands, is easily reachable in an afternoon sail from Milazzo, Sicily. Once there, you can choose between anchoring in front of the castle, three floating docks without showers close to the town, or a bigger floating dock more north with showers, but about 2km distant from the town. The prices do not seem to vary between the docks, but you should always call them and ask for prices as there might be changes. Lipari itself is a beautiful town, overseen by a magnificent medieval Castel which can be visited during the day. Moreover, Lipari is an excellent starting point o visit all the Aeolian Islands. We would recommend a day trip to Panarea and Spinazzola, the less-visited Islands, which feature beautiful bays with cliffs and crystal clear waters. For more tips about the Aeolian Islands, read on here. […]

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